OCSU RIFs reflect uncertainty about Washington

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copyright the Chronicle May 10, 2017

by Elizabeth Trail

 

The Orleans Central Supervisory Union (OCSU) is not renewing contracts for about 20 teachers and support staff for the 2017-2018 school year.

The higher than usual number of reduction in force (RIF) notices that went out in April is in large part due to the uncertainty coming out of Washington, D.C., OCSU Superintendent Donald Van Nostrand said.

Some of the cuts are at the supervisory union level, and some are within individual school districts.

And not all of the RIFs can be blamed on the feds.

“Some reductions are occurring due to budgetary considerations for next year,” Mr. Van Nostrand said.

There are also some schools that are reducing the hours for certain programs.

Glover Community School, for example, will have an art teacher one day a week next year instead of a day and a half.

Those cuts count as RIFs but weren’t included in Mr. Van Nostrand’s figure of 20 people who aren’t getting contracts to sign this spring.

A few others were told they were going to be part of the reduction in force, he said, and then got the happy news that their jobs were safe after all, when other teachers or support staff in their districts announced retirements or other plans for leaving.

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Local schools vandalized

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copyright the Chronicle April 19, 2017

 Two area schools, Glover and Brighton, were vandalized in separate incidents on Sunday and Monday, according to reports from the State Police.

At 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 16, the State Police responded to reports of a burglary at Brighton Elementary School. According to a report by Trooper Calvin Burns, the building had been entered without use of force, and the offender or offenders damaged property inside the school. He did not specify what the damage was.

Evidence was found at the scene, police said. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Trooper Burns at the Derby barracks.

On Monday morning, staff at the Glover Community School reported that someone had used a handicap parking sign to break an exterior window at the school.

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Glover parents want holidays returned to school

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copyright the Chronicle October 26, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

GLOVER — It was standing room only at Glover Community School Monday night as community members crowded into a classroom to talk to the school board about the news that there won’t be a Halloween celebration at the school this year.

About 25 people showed up at the school board meeting, along with Orleans Central Supervisory Union (OCSU) Superintendent Donald Van Nostrand, Principal Angelique Brown, and some faculty members.

In addition, Christina Borland has started an online petition asking that “holiday celebrations that have become community traditions within our school be reinstated.

“We understand that the school is a place for education, but that education must also include community education goals as well as academic goals,” the petition says, in part.

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Glover team wins junior high basketball tournament

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troy tournamentGlover Community School’s basketball team won the junior high tournament in Troy December 15.  Nine schools played, and Glover had to win four games to win the trophy.  The Glover team’s first game was against Richford, which had not lost in over a year.  In front, left to right, are Matt Menard, Parker Brown, and Kaleb Rogers.  In back are Coach Brad Urie, Isaiah Braithwaite, Riley Urie, Liam Kennedy, Rian Hayman-Jones, and Chris Nelson.  Photo submitted by Jethro Hayman

 

 

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